Tribute to Ossiander, Mozart’s Requiem at St. Matthew’s

The final season concert by the St. Matthew’s Chamber Orchestra will be dedicated to the memory of Glenn Ossiander and will begin with a musical tribute to the longtime Pacific Palisades resident and former president of the Music Guild Board of Directors.

The concert will take place at 8 p.m. Friday, June 10 at St. Matthew’s Church, 1031 Bienveneda Ave. Admission is $35.

The orchestra will be joined by the choir and soloists of St. Matthew’s Parish in a performance of Mozart’s Requiem Mass in D minor. Yi-Huan Zhao, the orchestra’s concertmaster, will be the violin soloist in Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 4 in D major.

Mozart’s Requiem was written a few months before the composer’s premature death in 1791 on commission from an anonymous patron who planned to have the work performed as a memorial for his deceased wife.

Because the Requiem was left incomplete at the time of Mozart’s death, his widow Constanze engaged Mozart’s students to complete the work in order to fulfill the commission.

Scholars have criticized the completion of the work by Mozart’s students and several have undertaken to create new versions. One of these is by Mozart scholar and Harvard professor Robert Levin, whose reconstruction will be heard on June 10.

Mozart’s Violin Concerto was composed in 1775, when the 19-year-old was still a resident of Salzburg.

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